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About the course
If you’re new to financial decision-making or want a firmer grounding in the discipline, this “finance for non-finance managers” program will dramatically increase your knowledge, deepen your practical understanding, improve your fluency and give you greater confidence in the decisions you make and influence. You’ll also learn to evaluate investment opportunities and develop new insight into how shareholder value is created and the key role executives like you play in the process.
In a highly collaborative, non-threatening and supportive learning environment, you’ll gain new knowledge and understanding in interactive classroom sessions led by senior Kellogg faculty, then spend time in working sessions with your instructors and fellow class members applying theory to practice with a heavy emphasis on real-life executive finance case examples.
- Contribute more meaningfully to financial decision making
- Talk numbers with confidence
- Read, understand and interpret financial statements
- Evaluate investment opportunities
- Understand the implications of financial decisions on firm value
Interpreting Financial Reports
- Identify the conceptual underpinnings of corporate reporting
- Read and understand corporate financial statements
- Conduct a qualitative assessment of financial performance
- Understand investment evaluation criteria
- Estimate cash flows, including the consequences of product cannibalization, shared production facilities and inflation
- Apply discounted cash flow and multiples-based valuation methods
- Understand strategic acquisitions
Financial Decisions and Value Creation
- Expand your knowledge of financial markets
- Evaluate alternative sources of capital for short- and long-term financing
- Manage capital structure
- Estimate the cost of capital
- Understand how the stock market responds to financial decisions
Optional Offer: Accounting Tutorial
Participants in this program consistently point to the optional, pre-program accounting tutorial as an important value-added component of the program. Led by Professor Powers, the tutorial focuses on financial reports, how to read between the lines and what auditors look for. You can register for this option when you enroll.
Who should attend
- Executives who make or contribute to decisions with significant financial implications
- Managers with profit-and-loss responsibility in marketing, operations, human resources, engineering and other nonfinancial areas
Note: No background in finance is required
Trust the experts
Artur Raviv is the Alan E. Peterson Distinguished Professor of Finance. He has been a member of the Kellogg faculty since 1981, and served as the chairman of the Finance Department during the years 1986-1989. Prior to joining Kellogg Raviv taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Tel Aviv Univers...
Marian Powers earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana. She has served on the accounting faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Since 1987, sh...
Michael Fishman is the Norman Strunk Professor of Financial Institutions and was Senior Associate Dean: Curriculum and Teaching from 2011-2014. Professor Fishman has published widely in finance and economics. His research focuses on financial market regulation and contracting. Recently, he has i...